The restaurants within the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort have been fitted with a high quality audio package utilising VUE Audiotechnik solutions to create the desired ambiance.
The resort is located in San Marcos, near San Diego and includes 144 luxury rooms and a raft of entertainment options as well as indoor and outdoor dining options complete with audio solutions from VUE.
“When we develop restaurants, we always look for ways to cultivate ambiance that is on brand,” explained Brett Miller, president and CEO for property managers Eat.Drink.Sleep. (EDS). “Having a top-notch audio system is essential for creating the right vibe at the right time, whether it’s background music, the soundtrack to our water screen light show, or special event DJ.”
To design the audio package for Lakehouse, EDS called upon Jaire Lopez at J&E Pro Audio out of San Diego. As a long-time collaborator who has successfully completed 10 installations at other Eat.Drink.Sleep. properties, Jaire and his team are familiar with EDS’ high regard for quality audio and unwavering attention to detail.
“Dining at Lakehouse is split into two levels,” explained Lopez. “Decoy restaurant is upstairs and feels more intimate and upscale. Down the stairs and just outside is the dockside bar, which is somewhat more casual with views of the lake and surrounding greenery.
“We had a set budget, and the owners were adamant that audio quality could not be compromised, and that the system needed to match the upscale feel of the room. I immediately thought this would be a great opportunity to give VUE a closer listen.”
In addition to aesthetics, J&E also needed to deliver enough audio horsepower for the occasional guest DJ and their evening water screen light show. Lopez contacted VUE headquarters and took delivery of a broad selection of the i-Class systems, including the i-6, i-8 two-way models, and is-26 subwoofers.
In Decoy’s upstairs dining area, the J&E team set out to emphasise the restaurant’s intimate, upscale atmosphere – going so far as to build custom soffit mounts for the is-26 subwoofers. The i-6 two-way systems set the mood in the main dining room, while an additional i-6 system serenades diners waiting in the foyer.
The all-VUE installation continues downstairs and outside to the dockside bar, where a total of 16 i-6 two-way systems and a pair of is-26 subwoofers seamlessly unite sound and scenery for a post-meal cocktail. The dockside bar’s VUE system also serves high-output duties for the resort’s water show and guest DJs.
Lopez concluded: “The VUE i-Class has delivered performance in line with much more expensive systems. Whether just background or taking on something more aggressive, these VUE boxes always sound great with plenty of horsepower. I’m glad I gave VUE a shot and I’ll definitely be using them again.”